Man Loses Frequent-Flier Miles for Sneaking Too-Fat Cat Onto Flight
The Russian airline Aeroflot has a rule where cats that weigh about 17 pounds are stowed in the cargo hold instead of being allowed to fly in the passenger cabin.
Mikhail Galin, the proud owner of a 22-pound cat named Viktor, simply wouldn't suffer this policy, so he hatched an ingenious scheme to get his chunky feline into business class with him.
According to The New York Times, Galin found a 15-pound "understudy cat" named Fibi on Facebook, which he presented as his carry-on cat while checking in.
But before Galin boarded the plane, he swapped Fibi out for Viktor.
Galin later posted photos of Viktor's illicit journey on social media, and Aeroflot responded by ejecting Galin--who'd amassed nearly 400,000 miles on his account--from its frequent-flier program.